Council gritters have been out on the local roads network in preparation for this winter’s big freeze.
North Lanarkshire Council and Amey have begun 24-hour monitoring of weather forecasts with gritters on stand-by to react.
Information on gritting and any winter-related disruption to local services is also available on Facebook and Twitter from @NLCwinter.
Council leader Jim Logue said: “Our priority this winter is to keep North Lanarkshire safe – on the roads, at home and in our communities. “Along with Amey we’re ready for winter with salt stockplied and the gritter fleet reader. In partnership with the police, fire and health services we have plans in place in the event of emergencies and issues caused by the weather.
“We’re reminding residents to take time now to prepare for winter too. Don’t wait until the snow and ice arrives – get ready now.”
Amey accounts manager Bruce Lunn added: “Amey’s experience in highway maintenance and providing winter service – delivered in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council – will ensure the continued safety and reliability of routes across North Lanarkshire, no matter how bad the winter weather becomes.
“We have the necessary resources in place in terms of vehicles, road salt and manpower to respond quickly and effectively and keep roads clear.”
NLC’s transport convener James Coyle said: “Winter weather affects us all but for older people it can be particularly difficult to get out and about and to stay warm.
“This year we are asking residents to look out for elderly neighbours, family and friends and make sure they’re safe and well. It could be as simple a matter as getting shopping of they’re worried about going out in snowy conditions, clearing your neighbour’s path or just popping to check they’re OK and have a chat.”
The Scottish Government website Ready Scotland also has advice and information on how to prepare for winter weather – see www.readyscotland.org.